All of First West of England's May 27th Service Changes in One Place
Bus operator First West of England will be making a number of service improvements and alterations to its services across its West of England network on Sunday 27 May.
These changes build on the improvements the local bus operator started making in April, which are designed to improve punctuality and reliability, increase capacity by adding in more vehicles and frequency improvements or reductions to match changes in demand.
The much anticipated m3 Metrobus Service between Lyde Green Park & Ride, UWE and City Centre will start operating a summer schedule on 29 May, whilst the UWE services will be cancelled on 27 May to coincide with the end of the academic year.
In response to customer feedback, including from staff working at Southmead Hospital and Royal United Hospital, improvements have been made to Bristol Service 82 (Southmead Hospital – Chipping Sodbury), which will be extended from Yate to Chipping Sodbury, as well as Bath Service 4 (Weston to Odd Down), which will be extended to Odd Down Park and Ride from 2 June.
As already announced back in January, the A2 Airport Flyer service, which connects Weston with Bristol Airport will be withdrawn because it is not commercially viable without subsidy. Service X48 (City Centre – Lyde Green) will also be withdrawn to coincide with the start of m3 Metrobus service, but alternative travel options exist.
Talking about the changes, James Freeman, Managing Director of First West of England, said:
The changes are necessary to improve running times, punctionality and reliability. We've also taken into account requests made by customers and the completion of the Bromley Heath Viaduct and associated roadworks. There are a number of very positive developments, such as the introduction of the Metrobus m3, which will be running for free until 9th June, and improvements to services calling at Southmead and Royal United Hospital. We will also introduce T1 and T2, with some of the latest vehicles and vastly improved frequency between Bristol and Thornbury, cutting journey times down to around 45 minutes.
Customers are advised to check the new timetables before travelling, which are available online and to pick up from travel shops.
All changes from 27 May 2018, unless different date is stated.
Service 5 (City Centre – Downend)
There are a number of changes to the route and timetable of Service 5 from 27 May 2018.
Service 5 will continue to operate every 30 minutes during the day and every 60 minutes during the evening, however, some departure times will be revised and intermediate running times are revised to improve reliability and punctuality.
The route of Service 5 will change between Oldbury Court and Downend, with Bromley Heath additionally served. This will provide Bromley Heath residents with a new direct service to Fishponds and Eastgate Centre. Also, Bromley Heath residents will now benefit from an evening and Sunday / Public Holiday service to and from the City Centre.
To make these improvements possible, two bus stops on Cleeve Hill will no longer be served by Service 5, but alternative stops are available on Overndale Road or at The Horseshoe. Service 5 will additionally serve Bromley Heath via Bromley Heath Road, Quaker’s Road, Queensholm Drive, Four Acre Road and Badminton Road.
Following the withdrawal of Service X48 from 27 May 2018 Service 5 will become the primary link between Bromley Heath and the City Centre.
Customers are advised to carefully familiarise themselves with the new timetable and new route before travelling.
Service 46/X46 (Bristol – Yate)
Due to the anticipated completion of the Bromley Heath Viaduct roadworks and associated diversion for journeys towards Yate, running times are reduced in this area, and additional recovery time provided during the roadworks will also be removed, which leads to a faster service. Service X46 will be operated by two vehicles and will no longer inter-work with Service X49.
The timetable can be found here.
Service 78/79 (Bristol - Thornbury)
Services 78 and 79 will be replaced by Services T1 and T2 from 27 May 2018. More information can be found via this link.
Service 82 (Southmead Hospital – Chipping Sodbury)
As part of a comprehensive review of services that serve Yate, there will be a number of improvements to the route and timetable of Service 82. Following numerous requests from customers the company has decided to extend the route beyond Yate to Chipping Sodbury. The majority of Monday to Saturday journeys will extend from Yate Shopping Centre to Chipping Sodbury via Station Road and Bowling Hill. The extension of Service 82 to and from Chipping Sodbury will provide residents with a direct service to Bristol Parkway Station, Cribbs Causeway and Southmead Hospital. It is hoped that the route extension will be well used by customers.
The frequency of Service 82 will be improved to operate a more clockface hourly pattern of departures, compared to the current frequency of up to every 90 minutes. The improved frequency will provide customers with more journey opportunities.
Following requests from staff working at Southmead Hospital, the first Monday to Friday journey to Southmead Hospital will arrive earlier. Most journeys on Service 82 will be operated by double decker vehicles, which will provide additional capacity at peak times. This follows requests from customers.
The frequency of buses on Sundays and Public Holidays will be reduced from every 60 minutes to every 120 minutes. The revised frequency better reflects customer demand, while still retaining key journeys and similar hours of operation.
To improve reliability and punctuality and operational performance, Service 82 will be inter-worked with Service X49.
Customers are advised to check the new timetable before travelling.
Service 349 (Bristol - Keynsham)
The majority of Saturday daytime journeys will now be operated by Abus on behalf of First. There are minor changes to the timetable and evening journeys will follow the same route as daytime journeys around Keynsham.
Service m3 (City Centre to Emersons Green)
The first Metrobus route, Service m3 will commence operating from 27 May 2018 and will link the City Centre with Emersons Green via UWE every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday between approximately 0600 and 1900; between 1900 and 2100 buses will operate every 30 minutes. There will be no service on Sundays and Public Holidays until a comprehensive timetable will be introduced in September. Service m3 will be free of charge to use until 9 June 2018 to give people the opportunity to try the new Metrobus Service.
Service m3 will take advantage of a number of bus priority measures along the route, including the M32 bus-only junction. Service m3 will operate with a dedicated fleet of vehicles and drivers.
Service UWE will be withdrawn from 27 May 2018, which coincides with the end of the academic year at UWE. Customers who would normally use Service UWE during the summer holidays will be able to use Metrobus Service m3 for travel between the City Centre and UWE. Service m3 operates up to every 20 minutes between 0600 and 2100 and only stops at designated Metrobus stops.
Service X48 (City Centre – Lyde Green)
Service X48 will be withdrawn from 27 May 2018. Customers who currently use Service X48 will be able to use a number of alternative services.
MetroBus Service M3, from 29 May, will provide express journeys from Emersons Green and Science Park to the City Centre. Customers in Lyde Green may choose to walk to the nearest MetroBus stop. Service M3 will be free to use until 9 June; after that m3 will operate a buy-before-you-board service, with no tickets available from the driver. However, First’s popular mTickets and period passes are amongst those accepted on Metrobus.
The route of Service 5 will be amended to serve Bromley Heath and will provide a replacement throughout the day, including during the evening and on Sundays and Public Holidays.
There are no changes to Services 48 and 49, which will continue to serve Emersons Green and Blackhorse.
Service X49 (Bristol – Chipping Sodbury)
As part of a series of changes to services that serve Yate, there will be a number of improvements to the route and timetable of Service X49 from 27 May 2018.
The route of Service X49 will be extended beyond Yate to Chipping Sodbury, operating via Station Road and Bowling Hill. This will provide customers with a number of new direct journey opportunities.
A number of departure times are revised and some additional journeys are introduced, especially at peak times to improve reliability and punctuality.
The timetable can be found via this link.
Bath and Westbury Services
Service 4 (Weston – Odd Down)
Changes from 2 June 2018
Following a number of requests from customers and staff working at the Royal United Hospital, Service 4 will be extended to and from Odd Down Park and Ride on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
All journeys on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays between approximately 0700 and 1900 will additionally serve Odd Down Park and Ride, which provides a new direct service to and from the Royal United Hospital at these times.
A timetable for Service 4 can be downloaded from this link.
Wells and Weston-super-Mare Services
Service 1 (Town Centre – Sand Bay)
Changes from 22 April 2018 – NOTE DATE
From Sunday 27 May 2018, Service 1 between Weston Town Centre and Sand Bay will be enhanced to operate every 30 minutes throughout the day daily until 1 September 2018.
First have been operating a new Service 1 since 22 April 2018. It follows the same route as the former Crosville service 100. First’s Weston-super-Mare fare structure will apply on Service 1, which includes our network day, week, month and year tickets. Double decker vehicles will operate on Service 1 and it is anticipated that open topper double deckers will be introduced in due course.
Service 20 (Weston-super-Mare to Burnham-on-Sea)
The high summer timetable will operate between 27 May 2018 and 1 September 2018, which will see the frequency of buses increase from every 60 minutes to every 30 minutes throughout the day. A number of journeys on Service 20 will be operated by open top double decker vehicles.
A timetable for Service 20 can be downloaded from this link.
Service A2 (Weston-super-Mare – Bristol Airport)
As originally announced in January, Service A2 will be withdrawn from 27 May 2018. North Somerset Council will be providing a replacement service for a number of customers that currently use Service A2 and further details will be provided shortly.
Customers travelling between Sandford, Banwell, Locking and Weston-super-Mare will be able to use Service 126 as an alternative. As we have stated previously, Service A2 is not commercially viable and North Somerset Council are unable to continue to provide financial support for Service A2.
Service X8 (Bristol – Nailsea via Backwell)
There are no changes to the timetable. The majority of journeys on Saturday will now be operated by First and run out of Marlborough Street Depot. Journeys on Saturday are currently operated by Abus and First’s Bath Depot.